I was walking to work in the dark yesterday morning when the dogs in Gardiner started whining and barking. I paused to silence the crunching of my feet in the snow and heard the distant howling of wolves. And did I mention that a deer has been on my porch eating my lilac bush? I saw her tracks in the new snow. In the past week I have traveled hundreds of miles by bus, van, snowcoach, skis, and snowshoes. I have been amazed at the beauty of the earth.Here are a few of the highlights:
For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies;
For the love which from our birth,
Over and around us lies.
For the wonder of each hour,
Of the day and of the night;
Hill and vale and tree and flow'r,
Sun and moon, and stars of light.
or the joy of ear and eye,For the heart and mind's delight;
For the mystic harmony,Linking sense to sound and sight.
or the joy of human love,Brother, sister, parent, child;
Friends on Earth and friends above,For all gentle thoughts and mild;
Lord of all, to Thee we raiseThis, our hymn of grateful praise.